MONDAY EDITION: Sports wrap-up: Patriots won but leave a lot of
questions about Brady and his offense (or lack of). 49'ers win again
and stand at 9-1, they look better that the Patriots for sure. Gronk
is making a big announcement on Tuesday, is he coming back to play
football??????...I am monitoring American-RC group on Fusion digital
if you want to say hello. It is blowing gusts of 40 mph this
morning, rainy, overcast, and generally shitty out, I will be on the
low end of 20 playing cw today....
How about this
asshole Kaepernick blowing off the NFL workout showcasing his skills
because he didn't like the terms so he has his own workout at a
local high school field, looking for a job after suing the nfl for
collusion. He shows up with this idiot haircut and wearing a slave
t-shirt, Kunta Kinte. He grew up in a middle class family wanting
nothing, college degree and was never a damn slave. A millionaire
angry black athlete who wants to kneel during the anthem to
protest......fuck him. I hope he never gets asked to play flag
AmateurLogic 136: Turkey Fever
It’s just about Thanksgiving time here in the US and we’ll soon
be suffering from Turkey Fever.
Tommy’s shows how to make an Arduino Frequency Counter. Mike, VE3MIC
joins us with a look at the York Region ARC Hamfest.
Emile discusses GPS Ham Radio Applications. And as a sheer
coincidence, George reviews GPS History and advancements in
accuracy, plus decoding US Coast Guard DGPS.
We also announce the lucky winner of our MFJ-1234 RigPi Station
1:30 of fun designed for your cold
weather viewing pleasure.
Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or
Android podcast app, or online at
http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also
retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click
then scroll down to see the list.
WEEKEND EDITION: A little different day today, 25 degrees and
breezy, only in New England. The big shots at BC football have a bye
week so they can't lose this weekend and a chance to think about
getting their pompous asses kicked by Notre Dame next week. NE
Patriots have a tough game against Philly at 4 on Sunday and the
Celtics are off to a good start. Life is good in New England, Bruins
aren't too bad either....
Foundations of Amateur Radio
Putting a radio in a car
As you might recall, most of my radio activity is done away from
my shack. I tend to operate portable, camping, sitting on a jetty or
using a picnic table while a BBQ is going nearby.
For me operating with my car as a mobile base made more sense
than trying to cram an antenna in a home with little or no garden.
Putting a radio in a car can be as simple as bringing a hand-held
and hanging it from the rear-view mirror, or it can involve a mobile
phone mount that allows you to clamp it in place.
Pretty soon you'll want to have an antenna on the outside of the
car, so then you start figuring out how to make it go through the
car without needing to drill holes and sparking the ire of the other
users of the car.
Not long after that you'll want to charge it, then the microphone
will become inconvenient, changing frequency, using it for more than
talking on the local repeater.
Eventually you might well get to the point that a hand-held is no
Without telling you which radio to buy, since there are many
different ones to choose from, with different specifications,
different pricing, different functions and different sizes, there
are plenty of roadblocks to radio bliss in the car.
The very first one is: Where to put the radio?
If your radio has a detachable front, that is, the buttons and
display can be separated from the main body, you'll have more
options, but if that's not possible, you'll likely need to find
somewhere near and preferably visible to where you'll be using it.
There are transceivers that fit into a standard car radio opening
which might come in handy if your car comes with all manner of
bezels and curves. You might find a spot in the centre console, or
If you can put the transceiver in one spot and the head in
another, then you can put the radio in any little hidey hole, for
example, under the passenger seat, or in the luggage compartment, in
the glove box, or behind the drivers seat.
When you are looking for a spot, consider how you're going to get
electricity to it and how you're going to connect the antenna.
You'll likely need to connect the power supply wire directly to the
battery, which might determine how the power gets into the cabin of
If you can drill holes in your car, you'll have extra options,
but consider that you'll need to protect the wire that goes through
those holes and you'll also need to protect the steel, given that
once you drilled that hole, it's no longer protected by paint from
The same is true for the antenna. Can you use an existing path,
or do you need to make a new one? If you put the radio in the
luggage compartment, can the antenna lead exit that and what happens
if it rains?
In my set up I have an all band radio, it does HF, VHF and UHF,
but I didn't want to have multiple antennas on the car. The radio
has multiple sockets, so I used a coax switch that's connected to an
antenna mount on the rear of the car and ran two lines back to the
radio, so I can switch between HF and VHF. Of course I need to swap
out the antenna, but I'm not switching whilst I'm driving, so that's
Other things to consider are what noise comes from the car. I
don't mean the zoom-zoom noise, I mean the noise from things like
the alternator. How will you deal with that? What about grounding?
How will you make the ground plane of the antenna? Can you use braid
to connect the various panels of the vehicle to each other?
If your mount is temporary, like for example a magnetic mount,
how will you protect the paint work? Can you clamp something across
an edge, or will you need to drill a hole?
If you're at all unsure, then try some set-ups. Run a temporary
power supply through a door, figure out where stuff goes. Look at
what your friends have done, test it by going out, park somewhere
and try to use it for real.
It can be daunting to set-up a car, but it is very rewarding and
it's a great way to get used to the many aspects that are involved
once you dive into this hobby
AU2JCB - Special event call operation
AU2JCB is a special event call-sign to
commemorate the birth date (30 NOV) and to pay homage and to to tell
about the great INDIAN scientist Acharya JAGADISH CHANDRA
BOSE who is recognized as the "Father of Wireless
Communication" by the scientific community of our world.
VU2DSI-Datta Deogaonkar will operate with this
AU2JCB special event call-sign.
The Details of operation----
Period----23 NOV 2019 to 16 DEC 2019
10 M-- 28545, 28510,28490. 21 M—21235, 21310, 21350.
20M—14210, 14250, 14310. 40 M---7040, 7150.
80 M --- 3710.
IN FM MODE----- 6M –50800, 51500. 10 M---29700.
Preferably the operation will be on higher bands according to
QSL--- Direct to VU2DSI,"SURABHI" MEHERABAD. AHMEDNAGAR.414006.
FOR DX STATIONS PLEASE SEND 2IRC's-----IF POSSIBLE--- as many
many DX stations are requesting QSL's
Aacharya J.C.Bose is well known as the “Father of Wireless
Acharya Bose's demonstration in 1895 and 1897 predates all.
Bose transmitted wireless signals to distance of a mile. Popova
in Russia was still trying remote signaling at this time and the
first wireless experiment by Marconi was not successful until May
Bose is a pioneer in microwave optics technology.
Bose's invention of 1 centimeter to 5 millimeters radio waves is
being used in radars, satellite communication& remote sensing.
Bose's concepts from his original 1897 papers are now
incorporated into a new 1.3 mm multi-beam receivers on the NRAO
(National Radio Observatory) 12 Meter Telescope.
Bose anticipated the use of P-type& N-type semiconductors & hence
60 years ahead of his time. Bose developed the use of GALENA
crystals for making receivers.
In Bose's presentation to the Royal Institution in London in
January 1897, he speculated on the existence of electromagnetic
radiation from the sun. This radiation from the sun was not detected
ARISS school contact planned for West Point, USA
ARISS school contact is planned for Drew Morgan KI5AAA
with Lakeside Elementary School, West Point, UT, USA.
The event is scheduled for Monday November 18, 2019 at
approximately 19.01 UTC, which is 20.01 CEWT.
The telebridge contact will operated by IK1SLD in northern Italy.
Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz
FM. As usual, operations at IK1SLD ground station will be web
Lakeside Elementary Mission Statement: "Lakeside Elementary Lions
strive daily to create a community of excellence by demonstrating
the characteristics of perseverance, respect, innovation, and
determination in a learning environment where we understand that ALL
students have the ability to make a positive difference in the
Our goal is to involve all students at Lakeside Elementary, their
families, and neighbors, to make them aware of the science that
surrounds them, and to create a lifelong interest in science and
learning by having an interaction with an active project and
communicate with astronauts working in space.
Students First Names & Questions:
1. Jett (6): What made you want to be an astronaut?
2. Jim (K): How do Astronauts draw in Space?
3. Eliza (2): How did it feel to be part of the 1st all women
4. Haizley (1): How do you drive a spaceship?
5. Hadley (4): If something goes wrong, do you have an emergency
plan? I.E. if a meteor hits you, the engine breaks
6. Leilani (1): How and what do you eat in space?
7. Ryan (6): What has been your most dangerous situation in space?
8. Logan (1): What do you do for fun in the space station when you
are not working?
9. Quinnlyn (5): What experiments are you working on in space right
10. Dallyn (3): Can plants grow in space?
Amateur Radio Newsline Report
RADIO BOLSTERS AUSTRALIA'S FIREFIGHTERS
PAUL: Our top story this week looks at Australia's bushfires. As
disaster overwhelms the nation on a deadly scale, hams step in for
support. Graham Kemp VK4BB shares this report.
GRAHAM: As bushfires fires consumed more than 4 thousand square
miles in New South Wales alone, officials in Australia were bracing
for the latest rash of blazes that they said could lead to the most
dangerous bushfire week in the nation's history. New South Wales
called a state of emergency and additional fires flared in Western
Australia and Queensland. Members of the Wireless Institute Civil
Emergency Network, or WICEN, were called to harness their radio
skills in the face of an overwhelming catastrophe. Edwin Lowe
VK2VEL, a Facebook administrator for WICEN New South Wales, told
Newsline that hams were deployed to provide logistical support for
the Rural Fire Service along with community evacuation and welfare
WICEN NSW's publicity officer Julian Sortland VK2YKS said that hams
sent to the Rural Fire Service Command Centre in northern VK2 had
begun rotations operating the RFS' own radio system. Julian said
members of WICEN's parent body, the Volunteer Rescue Association,
were staffing the Bush Fire Information Line in Sydney, likely
alongside WICEN members. Edwin said that hams were also functioning
as scribes for firefighting Incident Management Teams. He noted,
however that it was not so much amateur radio itself playing a
critical role here but [quote] "the adaptability and skills of the
amateur radio operators who are members of WICEN NSW."
In Queensland the VK4RAT VHF and UHF Amateur Radio Repeaters, the
VK4RTL 10m 6m and 23cm beacons, the TAC08 CH8 UHF CB Repeater and
the SES CH01 Repeater are all off air due to damage done by
bushfires that swept through the summit on Sunday evening 10th
KEEPING COMMUNICATIONS OPEN DURING INDIA'S CYCLONE
PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, amateurs in India mobilized to help
emergency operations as a cyclone overtook the coast. More on that
from Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
JIM: As parts of Bangladesh and the eastern Indian states of Odisha
and West Bengal were slammed by Cyclone Bulbul on November 10th, a
team of amateurs from the West Bengal Radio Club set up emergency
operations in the largest, most populated district of West Bengal.
From there they connected with police, the state disaster management
team and the National Disaster Response Force. Outside, people
throughout the region were evacuated under the threat of the deadly
storm's winds of as much as 120 kilometres per hour, or 75 miles per
hour. Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA, the club's founder, reported on
their Facebook page that the control room operators established
connections with state officials and mobile stations were reporting
their observations in and keeping an eye on the relief camps.
Authorities credited lower death tolls to the presence of additional
coastal shelters and more efficient evacuations.
HAM'S RESEARCH PROJECT GETS $1.3M FOUNDATION GRANT
PAUL/ANCHOR: The founder of the HamSCI research team has won a
prestigious National Science Foundation grant, as we hear from
Heather Embee KB3 Tee Zed Dee.
HEATHER: Congratulations to HamSCI Founder Nathaniel Frissell (freh-SELL),
W2NAF, who has been given a $1.3 million National Science Foundation
grant to work with amateur radio stations studying the effects of
weather in the ionosphere. Nathaniel is no stranger to ham radio and
research. He is the founder of HamSCI, also known as the Ham Radio
Science Citizens Investigation initiative which is an international
citizen science space physics research collective.
His research project, which will take three years, is known as DASI,
for Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments. Nathaniel will work
with a number of universities and amateur radio operators staffing a
network of personal space weather stations. He told the ARRL that he
believed his receipt of the grant shows that the National Science
Foundation takes amateur radio's contribution to science seriously.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel recently moved on to the University of Scranton
as a physics and electrical engineering professor after being on the
faculty at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is already
planning to establish a ham radio club on the Scranton campus and
hopes the club's work will become part of the effort covered by the
NETWORK FORMS TO HELP UK COLLEGE HAM CLUBS COLLABORATE
PAUL/ANCHOR: Ham clubs on university campuses in the UK have a new
collective to help them grow and learn. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has been
following that story.
JEREMY: An organisation called UK University Amateur Radio may be
among the newest groups on campus but its advocates are hoping it
will be among the most enduring. UKUAR was born during brainstorming
at the Radio Society of Great Britain's Convention this year,
according to Peter Barnes M0SWN, president of the Swansea Radio
Society. He told Newsline that the new group is reaching out to
emerging campus clubs as well as established ones, hoping to promote
the sharing of ideas and resources.
The effort has already produced results. At Cardiff University,
Derek MW0LNA has integrated ham radio into the syllabus, meaning all
110 undergraduates in electrical and electronic engineering will sit
the Foundation licence Exam. Derek told Newsline that he chose a
career as an RF engineer largely because of the ham radio club at
the university where he had been an undergraduate. He described
amateur radio as [quote] "a highly valuable complementary activity
to an electrical engineering program." [endquote] although he
stressed that campus radio activities are open to students reading
languages, medicine, history and other disciplines too.
IN SOUTH AFRICA, A CHALLENGE TO NEWCOMERS
PAUL/ANCHOR: Another big event, this one for newbie operators in
South Africa, is challenging recent licensees to have fun as well as
QSOs. John Williams VK4JJW has those details.
JOHN: If you're newly licenced in South Africa and new to contesting
as well as amateur radio, here's a chance to have some fun while
sharpening your skills and gaining confidence: It's the Newbie Party
being hosted by the South African Radio League. The event runs from
0800 to 2000 UTC on the 23rd of November. Hams will operate on 20,
40 and 80 meters on phone and exchange a signal report along with a
character from the alphabet based on the length of time the newbie
has been licenced. According to the SARL website, that would be
Alpha for fewer than 6 months, Bravo for 6 months to a year, Echo
for 1 to 2 years and so on, up to November for more than four years.
For contest rules, a full list of characters for the exchange as
well as other details, visit sarl dot org dot za (sarl.org.za)
'YOUTH ON THE AIR CAMP' MAKES DEBUT IN U.S.
PAUL/ANCHOR: Here in the U.S. it's time for summer camp! OK, not
really -- but it's time to think about this particular one - it's
new and it's a first for young hams here in the States, as we learn
from Stephen Kinford N8WB.
STEPHEN: Now here's a reason young radio operators in North, Central
and South America probably can't wait for summer: The National Voice
of America Museum of Broadcasting and the West Chester Amateur Radio
Association WC8VOA in Ohio are hosting the first Youth on the Air
Camp for licensed hams in IARU Region 2 who are between the ages of
15 and 25. It's set to take place June 21st through June 26th.
Workshops and activities will focus on satellite communications,
antenna-building, radio direction-finding and orienteering. There
will be a high-altitude balloon launch and a trip to a local
amusement park as well as there being radios on-site to work on
contesting skills and teamwork. That's just a sampling.
The camp is based on IARU Region 1's camp for youngsters in Europe
and Africa and will be operated by the nonprofit Electronic
Applications Radio Service, or EARS. It's a pilot program for what
organizers hope will inspire similar camps in other locations.
MALAYSIAN AMATEURS TEST EMERGENCY READINESS
PAUL: In Malaysia, hams took the test of emergency readiness and
learned what tasks still lie ahead. Robert Broomhead VK3DN tells us
ROBERT: The exercise known as the Malaysian Simulated Emergency Test
was considered unprecedented for that nation. Hams everywhere
responded on the 9th of November to simulated monsoon disaster,
rallying to pass messages using the call sign 9M4CMA as the drama
unfolded amid rain, strong winds and a disabled power grid. The
exercise was run by the nation's ham radio society, the Malaysian
Amateur Radio Transmitters Society, or MARTS. According to a MARTS
report prepared two days later, hams were challenged late in the day
by deteriorating band conditions on 40 meters and although they
found 60 meters more workable, few stations were set up for that
Perhaps more importantly, the MARTS report also noted that
message-handling skills needed to be improved among the more than 50
stations working as relays. The report said: [quote] "This event is
a good eye-opener lesson for all radio amateurs to improve future
emergency communication plans." With that in mind MARTS will assist
in the further training of hams on amateur radio emergency
procedures using a guide drawn up by MARTS. It will be based on IARU
guidelines, Malaysian regulations and an amateur radio emergency
communications guidebook from John Allocca WB2LUA."
MARTS plans to run this exercise annually.
A FIRST BIRTHDAY 'PARTY' FOR THE 420 HAM RADIO NETWORK
PAUL: First birthdays are a big deal - ask any parent - so it's no
surprise that the 420 Ham Radio Network is having a big party that's
going to last - you guessed it - four hours and 20 minutes. The
birthday net is taking place on November 16th starting at 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time. You don't have to be in the United States,
however, to check in. Because the net is on the 420 Ham Radio
Network, it's multi-mode. Check in via DMR TalkGroup 302024, Yaesu
Fusion CA 420 network 36037, D STAR Reflector 420A, Allstar Node
49447 and Echolink 420 conference.
(MARTIN SWINIMER VE1KLR)
TURNING 'BLACK FRIDAY' INTO 'FISTS FRIDAY'
PAUL/ANCHOR: Why shop when you can sit home and send code? Some hams
are thinking the same thing and Neil Rapp WB9VPG tells us why.
NEIL: In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday - which is a
Thursday - has come to be followed by a holiday shopping
free-for-all known as "Black Friday." Well now that day gained has
yet another name: "FISTS Friday." The CW operators' worldwide group
known as FISTS has reserved the 24 hours following November 28th to
encourage operators to get on the air in a noncompetitive event and
start pounding out their gratitude using their keys. Organizers
encourage operators to make at least one QSO and beat the holiday
Hams who participate will be able to download a "FISTS Friday"
certificate from the website where it will be available until the
1st of December. Operators are being asked to send an email to the
FISTS awards manager at awards at fists na dot org (email@example.com),
describing their QSO.
So once you've finished your feast, why not start with your FIST?
SILENT KEY: MIKE CAMPBELL K7NRA
PAUL/ANCHOR: In Arizona, a mentor to many and a key supporter of an
annual special event has become a Silent Key. Andy Morrison K9AWN
tells us about him.
ANDY: The annual special event station operating this year to mark
the National Rifle Association's 148th birthday is going
forward without a key participant: Mike Campbell K7NRA has become a
Silent Key. The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club of Prescott, Arizona,
will operate the station on November 17th from the Paulden, Arizona
campus of Gunsite Academy. Mike's call sign had been used during
past years' activations but this year the station will operate as
K7GST, using the call sign of Buz Mills the owner of Gunsite.
David K7TO, a longtime neighbor of Mike's, recalled in an email that
when he developed an interest in ham radio, Mike had been his Elmer.
He wrote [quote] "He was very helpful in getting me on the air and
keeping me there." [endquote] He regaled him with stories about
contacts with the ISS and Pitcairn Island. He said a celebration of
his life is to be held on the 7th of December.
John WB9VGJ said in an email that Mike was usually the first one to
operate the special event station since it first went on
the air in 2002 but in recent years could not attend for health
reasons. He said that the event organizers had high regard for Mike.
He added [quote]: "He will be missed." [endquote]
FRIDAY EDITION: It's going to feel like a heat wave today at
around 50 degrees and sunny....The HRO LUNCH BUNCH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS
PARTY HAS BEEN SET FOR DECEMBER 12th. This is always fun and has
great attendance, welcome to all in the area!..It was great to talk
to Warren- WS1D yesterday on 75 meters.....Lynn, MA (City of Sin and
home to the Hell's Angels) has the highest pregnancy rate in the
state. Lynn is a coastal town a few miles away, and has decided to
hand out condoms to all who want them at school without
parental permission. Let's see where this goes, it is my guess is
these kids are so damn stupid they won't know how to use the free
rubbers.....You have to laugh living here in MA, legislators here
solved the vaping crisis running rampant with young kids kids by
proposing a 75 percent tax on vaping products. The DEMS solve all
the issues here by taxing....no thought of education, parents
checking what their kids are doing, cracking down on stores or
manufactures who are selling this shit.....hell no, tax it so we can
piss more of our money away. Another DEM proposal to relieve
the traffic in Boston is to increase the tolls dramatically during
rush hours. Yeah that should work well with the poor bastards
working an hourly wage and no way of shifting hours to avoid the
toll increase, but more of our money in the coffers to piss
operators seek greater role in emergencies
volunteers work to improve outreach
During last month’s planned PG&E shut-offs, which
turned out the lights on the Coastside on two occasions, many
residents had trouble communicating with the outside world. In
many cases, landline phones, internet and cell service were down
as well as the electric grid.
To fill the void, amateur radio
or HAM operators relied on hand-held transceivers to connect to
each other and to first responders.
Lee Copeland, a longtime member
of Half Moon Bay’s amateur radio club, said that during the
shut-offs about 20 to 25 HAM operators were checking in with the
county and with each other throughout the day.
YOTA summer camp in the Americas
Taking a cue from IARU Region 1’s Youngsters On The Air (YOTA)
annual summer camp, the Youth on the Air
committee in IARU Region 2 has announced the first camp for
young radio amateurs in the Americas next June
The ARRL report:
Sponsors hope the Region 2 camp, a modified version of the
Region 1 camp, will also become an annual event.
The inaugural IARU Region 2 summer camp will take place June 21
– 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in
West Chester Township, Ohio, the YOTA committee in IARU Region 2
said. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association
(WC8VOA) will host the event. Operating the camp will be
Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc. (EARS), a 501(c)(3)
charitable organization dedicated to wireless technologies and
According to the announcement, the camp will focus on building
peer and mentor relationships and taking amateur radio “to the
Campers will attend workshops and activities in multiple
STEM-related subjects, such as radio contesting, electronic kit
building, D-Star, APRS, satellite communication, antenna
building, and radio direction finding and orienteering. A
high-altitude balloon launch is also being planned.
Campers will learn and exercise on-the-air skills at special
event station W8Y, at nearby Kings Island Amusement Park.
Read the full ARRL story at
More than 1 Million Contacts Logged during ARRL Field Day 2019
ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, reports that
nearly 1.1 million contacts were made during the 2019 ARRL Field
Day — the most popular operating event in North America. Bourque
2019 ARRL Field Day results
, which are
available starting on page 64 of the
of the December 2019 issue
. Bourque says in his article that more than 36,000
radio amateurs took part in ARRL Field Day 2019 across all 83
ARRL/Radio Amateurs of Canada sections, up slightly from the
35,250 reported last year. The total number of contacts was down
by about 7% from 2018’s 1.18 million contacts.
3,113 entries were received from local clubs and emergency
operations centers (EOCs), as well as individual portable,
mobile, and home stations,” Bourque wrote in QST. Most
entries were in Class A — club or non-club groups of three or
Of the nearly 1.1 million contacts, approximately 46% were
made on phone, and 456,000 (42%) of contacts were made on CW.
The remaining 138,000+ (12%) of the contacts were made on
digital modes, such as FT8 and RTTY.
“This is a substantial increase compared to 2018, when total
QSOs on the digital modes numbered just over 56,000,” Bourque
reported. “With the last 2018 release of
WSJT-X (which now supports Field Day
exchanges), many participants made use of FT8’s ability to
communicate when band conditions weren’t being cooperative.”
Top 10 scores ranged between W3AO’s Class 14A entry from
Maryland-DC, with 32,356 points, to W1NVT’s 14,876-point Class
2A entry from Vermont.
Bourque said that 95% of the 3,113 entries received came
through the Field Day web applet.
“Not only is ARRL Field Day an opportunity to sharpen
operating skills in temporary and portable locations, it’s also
an occasion to showcase amateur radio to the local community,
with clubs often setting up in publicly accessible locations and
interacting with non-hams,” Bourque wrote.
Still Time to Work TX7T in the Marquesas Islands
TX7T DXpedition, sponsored by the Can-Am
DXpedition Group, moved on to Hiva Oa on November 6. Operation
is scheduled to continue until November 17, with the team
heading home a couple of days later. Typically, three or four
stations are on the air on CW, SSB, and FT8 on all of the 160 –
10 meter bands.
Europe is a key target area, and “every
attempt will be made to take advantage of propagation,” the
DXpedition has indicated. The DXpedition is mostly funded by the
operators themselves, but contributions are welcome and will go
toward freight and shipping costs.
The Marquesas Islands rank #59 on the Club Log DXCC Most
Wanted list. The TX7T logs are available on
THURSDAY EDITION: HRO for lunch bunch today in Salem, NH at
HRO Headquarters.....Still a bit nippy here......I was cruising
around 75 last night for background noise while Xmas shopping on the
computer and ran across a rag chew group on 3843. Sounds like some
guys from the Friendly Bunch on 3919 moved down to 3843, is there
trouble in paradise? Not unusual for groups to fragment over time, I
have seen it happen over and over.....How sad is this story, fricken
liberals! Live Free or Die is
becoming a joke in NH. I live in MA and of course we are
predominantly far left and the powers to be have banned Xmas from
schools. Thankfully we still erect a donated 40 foot xmas tree in
Dock Square by the harbor every year. Santa arrives by lobster boat
and hands candy to the kids and then the Xmas tree is lit and people
sing xmas songs complete with free cocoa for all. It's worth every
penny to live here on the island of Cape Ann.....Netflix has added a
warning to lots of kids movies, "this movie may contain culturally
outdated material", when will it end?.....A laugher, past
Governor Deval Patrick (D) is announcing he will run for
President. You might remember old Diamond "Deville" ordered a new
Caddy for himself with state money as soon as he was elected and
spent $100k in new drapes and furnishings for his office for his new
Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will
arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday,
December 4 at 1:00 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride
across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport
Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Broadway to
Spiran Hall (at the corner of Broadway and School Street) led by
Rockport cub scouts. This year Santa will be able to
linger a while to visit and have photos taken with the children
at Spiran Hall until the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins.
Then Santa will head over to Dock Square to greet the crowd and
kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back
onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the
The Tree Lighting Ceremony will get underway at 4
PM welcoming Santa and the public to Dock Square with carols and
a stirring rendition of “Christmas in Rockport” performed by the
Dock Square Carolers.
The Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen will offer official
greetings from the Town and will conclude the ceremony by
pulling the switch to light this year’s Rockport Christmas tree.
Screw political correctness, wake up NH
AMSAT Says HuskySat-1 Paving the Way for Further Cooperation
ARRL: AMSAT says it had to maneuver some regulatory
challenges in establishing its partnership with the
University of Washington to share the just-launched
HuskySat-1. The satellite went into space on November 2
aboard a Cygnus cargo vessel, which docked to the
International Space Station. HuskySat-1 will be boosted into
a higher orbit and deployed in January, and once it
completes its primary mission, it will be turned over to
AMSAT for operation of its linear transponder sometime in
the second quarter of 2020. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering
Jerry Buxton, N0JY, explained this week that the AMSAT-UW
partnership presented some regulatory challenges, but has
paved the way for similar partnerships in the future.
[FCC] Part 97 license that AMSAT will operate under does not
include or allow the use of any of the experiments on
board,” Buxton explained. “As those experiments were not
able to conform to Part 97’s so-called ‘educational
exemption,’ including the K-band radio, two licenses were
required.” UW obtained a Part 5 Experimental license to
cover the telemetry downlink of the AMSAT transponder
module, but the transponder must remain off during that
operation. The AMSAT transponder module will operate under
an FCC Part 97 Amateur Service license.
“This was the first partnership with an educational
institution where an AMSAT radio was flown on a non-AMSAT
(UW in this case) CubeSat,” Buxton said. “In the process of
working with the FCC and NASA to obtain a single Part 97
license that was not complicated or restricted by ‘pecuniary
interest,’ the experience developed an understanding with
FCC as to how a mission such as HuskySat-1 could be fully
licensed under Part 97.”
Buxton said delays and difficulties encountered in
executing all of the requirements to qualify under Part 97
ultimately bumped up against the mission deadline to have a
license in hand, so the CubeSat could be integrated on the
launch vessel. “The only way forward at that time, in order
for UW to make the launch, was to do the separate
licensing,” Buxton said.
“It was lots of work and some good frustration along the
way. I thank and commend our partners at University of
Washington as well as the FCC for their work to make it
happen, and our friends at NASA for giving us the
opportunity to push for a path to amateur radio licensing
for more of the CubeSat launches they sponsor,” Buxton
remarked. “I believe that it has resulted in a known path
toward fully Part 97-licensed educational (e.g., university)
CubeSats. That should in turn offer more opportunities for
AMSAT radios to fly as the communications package for a
mission as well as an operating amateur radio satellite, in
the same way as the CubeSats we produce.”
After deployment, HuskySat-1’s 1,200 bps BPSK beacon on
435.800 MHz should be active and decodable with the latest
release of FoxTelem. HuskySat-1 is expected to run
its primary mission for 30 days — testing a pulsed plasma
thruster and experimental 24 GHz data transmitter — before
being turned over to AMSAT for amateur radio operation.
HuskySat-1 will feature a 30 kHz wide, 145 to 435 MHz linear
transponder for SSB/CW. — Thanks to AMSAT News
Galway Radio Club issue new 48 page newsletter
Galway Radio Club in the west of Ireland
have recently launched a new 48 page newsletter which covers
some some recent club activities as well as a number of items
which may be of interest to a wider audience.
1) An overview of how an amateur radio digital network was
developed in the west of Ireland.
2) An overview of the experimental 5 MHz / 60m band.
3) Antennas for portable operation.
4) Understanding the Ionogram.
5) 160m top band operation.
6) G4HOL multi-band HF horizontal loop.
7) Operating the DVstick 30 - How to communicate on D-Star and
DMR without a radio.
For more info, visit...
Starlink satellites are visible again
They're back. A new train of Starlink satellites
is crossing the night sky following SpaceX's Monday launch of 60
Last night, multiple sky watchers in California saw the ensemble
fly in formation over urban areas such as San Diego and Los Angeles.
You may be able to see them, too.
Visit today's edition of
Spaceweather.com for photos, video, and observing tips
HF propagation and earthquakes
For all the successes of modern weather forecasting, where
hurricanes, blizzards, and even notoriously unpredictable tornadoes
are routinely detected before they strike, reliably predicting one
aspect of nature’s fury has eluded us: earthquakes.
The development of plate tectonic theory in the middle of the
20th century and the construction of a worldwide network of seismic
sensors gave geologists the tools to understand how earthquakes
happened, and even provided the tantalizing possibility of an
accurate predictor of a coming quake. Such efforts had only limited
success, though, and enough false alarms that most efforts to
predict earthquakes were abandoned by the late 1990s or so.
It may turn out that scientists were looking in the wrong place
for a reliable predictor of coming earthquakes. Some geologists and
geophysicists have become convinced that instead of watching the
twitches and spasms of the earth, the state of the skies above might
be more fruitful. And they’re using the propagation of radio waves
from both space and the ground to prove their point that the
ionosphere does some interesting things before and after an
While records of the occurrence of earthquakes and their
aftermath stretch far back into history, it’s only fairly recently
that we’ve learned what actually causes the earth to shake. The
geophysics are complicated, but the basics are easy to grasp: when
vast tectonic plates floating on the molten rock of the Earth’s
mantle move relative to each other at fault lines, friction causes
them to stick together. Strain accumulates between them, and when
the strain finally overcomes the frictional forces opposing it, the
immense potential energy stored in the deformed rock is released,
and the ground moves.
Bouvet Island DXpedition news
Dom, 3Z9DX, posted the following comment on FaceBook/eHam.net on
November 4th [edited]:
"After a short and solid in-team discussion we decided that all
donors, who supported our first attempt to Bouvet in March 2019 with
199 USDs and more, will take part in a similar lottery as we've
announced recently in terms of the 2nd Bouvet's attempt. We simply
feel we should honor all of our supporters who qualify to enter the
So, each donor who donated at least 199 USDs and more until March
2019 is able to win a FREE 10 days vacation + sailing trip on our
own Rebel Catamaran with a Captain and crew among the Fiji islands.
The rules are simple and the same as the current lottery for
supporters of the 2nd Bouvet attempt. We will choose 3 donors + 1
accompanying person each, that is 6 people in total. Dates are to be
arranged with participants once chosen.
The prize includes 10 days vacation and/or the sailing trip
around some amazing Fiji islands (Prize do not include participants
insurances, airfares from/to home destinations and food. This can be
arranged by our crew on request).
The entire process of the prize drawing and the winners'
announcements will be live-streamed online. The prize draw will take
place in approx. 2 weeks and will be announced a couple of days
earlier. Stay tuned and already crossing fingers for the winners
For more details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition,
watch the following Web page and Media sites at:
This is the main site where you can find more details on the project
New England Hams
you might run across 75
Jon....Editor of As The World
,Only cuts lawn in August, plows
snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big
motor home, electronics software
Neil...Living large traveling
the country with his
Igor....peddles quality Russian
keys, software engineer
cars and radio gear, nice fella...
going, Harley riding kind of
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can
be found at most ham flea market
...Cobra Antenna builder..
Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who
cooks on the side at
of the Hosstrader's original
organizers, 75 meter regular,
Roger....75 meter regular, easy
going guy, loves to split
cordwood and hunt...
Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Barry- the picture says it all,
he loves food!
Bob....the Mud Duck from the
Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of
Matthew...75 meter regular...our
token liberal Democrat out of VT
meter Regular......residing on
the Cape of Cod, flying planes
and playing radio
Meter Regular....teaches the
future of mankind, it's scary!
of Davis-RF....my best friend
from high school
going ham found at all the ham
Linux....fine amateur radio op
....wealth of experience...
talented ham, loves his
politics, has designed gear for
W1KQ- Jim- Retired
Controller...told quite a few
pilots where to go!
The 3936 master plumber and
Computer Tech of 3936...multi
talented kidney stone passing
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream
shop, hard working man....
Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience
in all areas, once was a Jacques
Cousteus body guard....
Bill- Used to work for a bottled
gas company-we think he has been
around nitrous oxide to long .
Graham...one of the good 14313
guys back in the day.
Mort...Air Force man
Low key gent can be found on
many of the 75 meter
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts
going, computer parts selling,
New England Ham..
Jack....3936 Wheeling and
Dealing......keeping the boys on
regular, wealth of electronic
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them
all!.. 3864 regular for many
Hu....SK at 92... 3864
regular for many years...
Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10",
of the 3864 group
Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned
every radio ever built!
Dan....far from easy going cw
and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio....